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Mercedes explains Lewis Hamilton's Sepang F1 engine failure as he tries to move on

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Mercedes explains Lewis Hamilton's Sepang F1 engine failure as he tries to move on
Oct 6, 2016, 5:03 PM

Mercedes has discovered what caused Lewis Hamilton’s engine to fail during last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, as the world champion attempts ...

Mercedes has discovered what caused Lewis Hamilton’s engine to fail during last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, as the world champion attempts to move on from the problem that meant he slipped behind his teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton was leading the race and looked set to score his seventh victory of the 2016 season when the internal combustion engine element of his power unit expired and he was forced to pull to the side of the road with flames pouring from his exhaust.

Mercedes has spent time since the race in Sepang investigating the incident and has determined that a big-end bearing failed, which came after the engine lost oil pressure as he went through the track’s final corner.

Lewis Hamilton

It is understood that Hamilton will revert to the engine he used at the Singapore Grand Prix for this weekend’s race in Japan, while Rosberg will run the power unit he used in Malaysia.

As a consequence of Hamilton’s engine failing, Mercedes has decided to delay introducing updated specification power units to its customer teams Force India, Williams and Manor until it has studied the broken unit further.

The manufacturer has also decided to run different engine settings and oil for this weekend’s race.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton took part in the pre-event drivers’ press conference at Suzuka where he clearly wanted to project that he was over the Malaysian race, using his phone to showcase proceedings on his Snapchat account.

When asked how he felt about returning to a track where he has won twice in the past two years before going on win the world title, the Briton replied that he was looking forward to getting back out on the track.

He said: “I feel good. Excited to get on track, the weather’s great today, I love being here, so ready to get going.

Lewis Hamilton

“I haven’t been thinking about the last race. Usually when I leave the racetrack I think about a lot of other things. I have a lot of other stuff going on. I was in Tokyo, enjoying my time. I love being in Tokyo. One of my favourite cities, it’s in my top three favourite cities in the world.”

A few hours after the press conference, where he was asked what he was doing with his phone, Hamilton took to Twitter to explain his actions.

“Today was meant to be fun, not all disrespectful,” he wrote. “Some people take themselves to seriously [sic]. I had a blast, highlight of my day!

“Re press conference, it’s been the same for 10 years. It’s not the media or mediator, it’s the format. Fans should be asking the questions!!”

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton has 3.7m followers on Twitter, 3.4m on Instagram and 3.8m on Facebook, which all add up to a huge social media following that he uses as a direct line to his fans and can be used to bypass the traditional media.

What do you make of the news that Mercedes has discovered what caused Lewis Hamilton’s engine to fail in Malaysia? How do you expect the world champion to respond in Japan this weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more discussion.
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